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Stokes keen to hit 100 goals for Celtic

Celtic forward Anthony Stokes wants to match his 100 appearances for the club with 100 goals.

Stokes’ contract runs out at the end of the season but, with talks already underway on extending his stay at Parkhead, there remains time for him to add to his 46 goals.

He has struggled with an ankle injury this season and has seen his appearances limited as a result, but Stokes told Celtic View he feels he can still reach the 100-goal mark, after making his 100th appearance against Inverness in April.

“I was delighted to get to the 100 game mark and I suppose the next goal now is to get 100 goals if I’m round here long enough,” said the Republic of Ireland international.

“It’s been a dream to come here. I was thrilled to get the second opportunity and wasn’t going to let it pass me by.

“You can always look back on your career and be fond of it, but the goals and contributing to the team is what I look at more than appearances, so that will be the next thing in the back of my mind.

“I know it might take a while but that’s a long-term goal of mine.

“I didn’t know about the appearance tally but I knew I was getting close to the 50-goal mark. And the big one for me is if I can get 100 goals – that would be my main aim here.”

On the subject of remaining with the club into next season and beyond, Stokes said he was very keen to commit his long-term future to Celtic.

“Hopefully I am in the process of trying to get a contract sorted out at the minute,” he said.

“To be honest I just want to get this signed and I am looking forward to another couple of good years here, being successful and winning trophies.”

Wed 15 May, 2013
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